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Developing: Flagstaff Police involved in shooting on the west side

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On Monday night, Flagstaff Police released the body cam footage from the shooting. The officers who were involved are still on paid administrative leave, and the Northern Arizona Officer Involved Shoot Team is investigating.

Updated Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.

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At approximately 8:52 p.m. Feb. 9, the Flagstaff Police Department was involved in a shooting near the 700 block of West Coconino Avenue, just north of the train tracks, after receiving a report of an armed man outside an apartment building.

The suspect has been identified as 78-year-old John Hamilton of the Plaza Vieja neighboorhood, according to a Feb. 10 FPD media release.

FPD received reports from a victim at 8:52 p.m. that she was confronted by an armed, older, white man. According to a media release sent by FPD Sergeant Cory Runge, officers responded quickly and located the suspect matching the description given by the victim.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that Hamilton’s neighbor, Eric Garrison, saw Hamilton standing near his truck when he decided to flip-off and point his pistol at police officers.

The officers repeatedly ordered the Hamilton to stop waving and pointing the gun at officers and bystanders. After several minutes of the officers giving commands, and the suspect failing to comply, FPD Officers Daniel Beckwith and Travis Rowden opened fire and the suspect collapsed. According to the release, officers attempted to render medical assistance but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Upon our arrival officers located a man with what they believed was a gun in his hand,” said Runge.

No one else was injured during the incident. Officers Beckwith and Rowden have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

“[The suspect] has been pronounced deceased on scene,” Runge said. “At this time we are currently working on identification of the subject and next of kin notification.”

According to an Arizona Daily Sun article, neighbors of the elderly man said Hamilton’s health had been declining and he may have been suffering from delusions and dementia.

The shooting was captured on audio and visual recordings according to Runge. The footage will not be released until the investigation is over to ensure that the suspects privacy rights are not violated and so that no details that could potentially tamper with the case are released. 

Additional reporting by Tiera Oliver

Updated Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

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At approximately 8:52 p.m. Feb. 9, the Flagstaff Police Department was involved in a shooting near the 700 block of West Coconino Avenue, just north of the train tracks, after receiving a report of an armed man outside an apartment building.

FPD received reports from a victim that she was confronted by an armed, older, white man near the 700 block of West Coconino Avenue. According to a media release sent by FPD Sergeant Cory Runge, officers responded quickly and located the suspect. 

The officers ordered the man to stop waving and pointing the gun at officers and bystanders. When the suspect failed to comply, FPD opened fire, and the suspect collapsed. According to the release, officers attempted to render medical assistance, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Upon our arrival officers located a man with what they believed was a gun in his hand,” said Runge.

No one else was injured during the incident.

“[The suspect] has been pronounced deceased on scene,” Runge said. “At this time, we are currently working on identification of the subject and next of kin notification.”

The Lumberjack will provide more details on the incident as they become available.